Five on Friday
July 15, 2022
“I believe in Communism. Rom-communism, that is. If Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan can go through some heartfelt struggles and still end up happy, then so can we.” Ted Lasso
One: 2022 Emmy Nominations
From Vogue, The Biggest Surprises (and Snubs) from the 2022 Emmy Nominations, the top five most nominated shows were:
- Succession with 25 nominiations
- Ted Lasso with 20 nominations
- White Lotus with 20 nominations
- Hacks with 17 nominations
- Only Murders in the Building with 17 nominations
Read my post about the top Emmy nominations, my favorite shows on the list, and some of the fashion trends featured in these shows: https://lifestyleofafashionista.com/2022/07/16/2022-emmy-nominations/
Two: What to watch
Persuasion– (movie, period piece): From the AV club, “Get ready for a heaping dose of modern Jane Austen. Carrie Cracknell directs Persuasion, based on the novel of the same name. Dakota Johnson plays Anne Elliott with a bit of Fleabag flair, in that she breaks the fourth wall often. Cosmo Jarvis, Henry Golding, Richard E. Grant, and Suki Waterhouse also star.
Country Queen – (series): “Family drama Country Queen is the first Netflix show from Kenya. It follows ordinary citizens fighting a corporate power that threatens to destroy their homes and lives. Akisa’s (Melissa Kiplagat) dark past from her sleepy village returns to haunt her now comfortable, complicated city life. In the process, she sets in motion a string of events with rippling consequences.” Source, AV club
How to Change your Mind – (Documentary) From Netflix, “In this documentary, a woman is found dying by a road leaves behind a son, a man claiming to be her husband – and a mystery that unfolds like a nightmare.“
Virgin River, season 4 on July 20th
Forever Summer: Hamptons – Reality series. From IMDb, “Hampton locals Avery, Frankie, Habtamu, Reid, Emelye, Hunter and Juliet have their eyes set on having the best summer of their lives, but tides change when city newcomer Ilan moves out there for the summer.”
What We Do in the Shadows, season-4 premiere (FX) on July 13th- Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series and a total of seven nominations.
The Rehearsal – (series) From AV club, “Thankfully for us all, Nathan Fielder is bringing his creativity back to the small screen following a four-season run with Nathan For You. His new half-hour comedy, The Rehearsal, explores the lengths Fielder will go to to reduce the uncertainties of everyday life. With the help of a construction crew, a legion of actors, and seemingly unlimited resources, Fielder allows ordinary people to prepare for life’s biggest moments by “rehearsing” them in carefully crafted simulations. The A.V. Club will be recapping the show weekly.“
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris – From Vulture, “Fizzy and whimsical, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris delivers on what it promises. It’s a breezy film about a woman (Lesley Manville) fulfilling her dream of raising enough money to go to Paris and buy a couture Dior dress. With its simplicity and sweetness, Mrs. Harris is exactly the kind of relaxing watch to unwind to on your day off.”
The Gray Man – (streaming on Netflix next week) “The Gray Man is a far cry from Ryan Gosling’s technicolor Barbie, but if you’re looking for a gritty action flick (or background noise), watch the Russo brother’s new Netflix film — out in select theaters a week before it debuts on the streamer. Gosling plays a man on the run as he uncovers some unfavorable CIA assets. He’s hunted down by Chris Evan’s pornstache and Regé-Jean Page and crosses paths with a fellow agent (played by Ana de Armas). It probably won’t be the next John Wick, but it’s got all the buzzy celebrities needed to make you or your parents spend an afternoon watching it.”
Where the Crawdads Sing – Rotton Tomatoes, “From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.”
Three: What to wear
Deck Shoes: Succession received 25 Emmy nominations, and one famous quote from the series inspired this what-to-wear item. Season 1, Episode 3, “Forgive me,” Tom says, “but are we talking to each other on the poop deck of a majestic schooner? Is the salty brine stinging my weather-beaten face? No? Then why the f*ck are you wearing a pair of deck shoes, man?” (from These Tom & Greg Succession Moments Are Pure, Awkward Goodness)
Deck shoes/boat shoes are great for casual summer activities, and my go-to brand is Sperry.
Four: What to Try
Up level your movie/television snack with New Popcorn Recipes:
25 Best Flavored Popcorn Recipes – choose a sweet, salty, or spicy recipe to jazz up your popcorn.
Step one in all of the recipes requires a good popcorn maker: 4 Best Popcorn Makers, Tested by Food Network Kitchen “We tested out 10 different air-pop popcorn makers that fit neatly and inconspicuously in your kitchen to see which one is worth setting up at home.“
If you prefer a stovetop popcorn maker, these 2 products have good reviews:
Five: What to do
Watch a classic movie:
I recently discussed with some family members movies that made us cry, laugh, or scared us. These are movies we could rewatch; and some might consider them classics.
What makes a movie a classic? It depends on the viewer of the film. There might be award-winning movies considered classics but don’t appeal to a broad audience.
Some classic movies are shown during the summer at outdoor movie venues: Jaws and E.T. are popular choices. This summer at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston, you can watch two such classics in July, Sandlot on July 17 and Dirty Dancing on July 24.
Here are some classic choices we discussed:
Movies that make us cry: Terms of Endearment (Showtime), Steel Magnolias (Netflix), Rudy (Starz), and the final scene in The Sixth Sense (Scary and Sad).
Movies that make us laugh: 1984 Ghostbusters (rent on Prime Video), Beverly Hills Cop (Paramount+), Clue (Paramount+), and Weekend at Bernies (Hulu).
Movies that scared us: Poltergiest (HBOmax), Jaws (Peacock), Paranormal Activity (Paramount+), Carrie (Prime Video), and A Quiet Place (Paramount+).
From Town and Country: Catch Up on the Classic Films That Are Available to Stream on Netflix
From Digital Trends: The 68 best movies on Hulu right now (July 2022)
For date night: 30 Best Date Night Movies to Set the Mood